I’m With You 2/5 It’s safe to say one person who hasn’t been eagerly anticipating the first LP in five years from RHCP is Nick Cave. ‘I’m forever near a stereo, saying, “What the f**k is this garbage?” he once said. ‘And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.’ That might be overly harsh, but we must admit we can’t stomach Anthony Kiedis’s colourless and cold, flinty voice and the praise first awarded Californication still has us furrowing our brow. Millions, of course, will forever beg to disagree.
Minus guitarist John Frusciante, who quit in 2009, their 10th sees RHCP edging out the boss-rock in favour of a tough pop fusion and ‘soulful’ balladry. There are echoes of a trip to Africa in ‘Ethiopia’ and ‘Did I Let You Know’ (in which ‘cheeky’ is rhymed with ‘Mozambique-y’), while Kiedis wrecks the atmospherics of ‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’ with his whining ‘heeey, now’ hook. It’s a record redolent of Reef and Toploader – all up, rather like a shouty fart.
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ash Dec 05, 2011 03:41 pm
i agree with George. i was a bit shocked to read that! the only part i believe you got correct is the part where you say millions will beg to disagree! i love RHCP, and love Anthony's voice! i've been listening to them for over 10 years and haven't been let down yet! each to their own i guess
George Wilson Nov 27, 2011 11:47 am
Sharon, you are clearly musically challenged - i appreciate anything fro mHeavy Metal to Jazz and Blues and this Album is not much short of a masterwork of artwork - i think your review is somewhat as far from reality as possible. As a muscian i am even more dumbfounded